Last week on the newly running Jerusalem lightrail I noticed someone strapping/belting a wheelchair to the wall/side of the train I was in.
From my first ride I had noticed that there are sections to each car with the handicapped logo. The seats there have spring hinges, so that they are only "down" for sitting if someone pulls them down. Otherwise it's the area for baby carriages or wheelchairs. During my most recent visit to the states, I saw that the Air Train, LIRR and the trains going to Westchester also had them, which helped when we traveled with luggage and a baby stroller.
Even though the Jerusalem Lightrail provides an extremely smooth ride, I was impressed that there was the safety option of these straps. Over the
Our local Shiloh synagogue has two entrance ramps. One to the back which provides wheelchair and baby carriage access to the lower Women's and Men's Sanctuary, and the other is to the front door, where we have our "social hall," which we rent out for events, (up to about one hundred people.)
Decades ago, when we first came to Israel, there wasn't even an elevator at the main Jerusalem clinic of our health fund, and you needed to climb stairs to see doctors or get x-rayed. It is already forty-one years since our aliyah to Israel, and there really has been great improvement in so many different fields.